Stained Glass And Its Symbolic Meanings
Here in Fort Worth, as you likely know, is full of absolutely lovely stained glass. All around our lovely city, churches, and chapels large and small, have some of the most outstanding stained glass to grace the house of God. But, what many people don’t understand about stained glass here in Fort Worth and around the world is– the stained glass designs and even colors have extremely deep meaning. In fact, almost all stained glass in churches is symbolic of other deeper concepts. And in fact, besides being lovely, stained glass has meaning too. If you want to know what the stained glass in your Fort Worth church represents read below to find out more.
Why Symbols And Colors Were Used On Stained Glass
In churches here in Fort Worth, and around the world for that matter, are full of symbols on wood carvings, on tapestries and stained glass. While stained glass windows were made to be gorgeous, they also were used as an education tool. You see, since poor people in the very distant past, were unable to read, the church, by using pictures, symbols, and colors, were able to educate the commoners by using stained glass as a picture book. In fact, stained glass windows were called “ The Bible of the Poor” since they were so heavily involved in instructing illiterate peasants. However, even after reading became commonplace, these symbols, and colors, already established in their meaning, continued to be used as choices to convey a spiritual message.
Common Stained Glass Symbols And Colors And Their Meaning
Jesus: Lifelike images, crosses, lambs, shepherds
The Holy Spirit: flames, winds, a white dove
The Saints: a man or woman; symbols associated with them, the manner in which they were martyred him or her
Virgin Mary: A female figure often wearing blue, the color blue
Stained Glass Color Symbolism
Blue: Heavenly Love, Virgin
Grey: Mourning, Humility
Green: Spring, Charity, Life over death
Purple: Royalty God The Father
Red: Love, Hate, Martyred
Violet: Love, Truth, Passion, Suffering
White/Gold: Innocence, Holiness
Yellow: Jealousy, Treason, Deceit
If your Fort Worth church has stained glass that you would like to restore, repair and ultimately preserve for the next generation, contact us at Fort Worth Stained Glass today!